With material from a media release:
May 14 - 17, 2015
HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY - I don't often write about food - not often enough really because food is definitely a vital part of culture.
I've been a visitor to Harlem for several years now and while gentrification is very much a mixed bag of issues, the growth of the restaurant business in the hood (largely owned by people who live in Harlem too) is definitely something to celebrate I've sampled from places like Maison Harlem, Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne and others - including the burgeoning African dining scene at places like Africa Kine in Little Senegal (something alas that they don't much talk about) - and have been universally impressed with the results.
Harlem EatUp! is a four-day festival that invites you to see and taste all Harlem has to offer from the artists of the kitchen, the canvas, the stage and the streets. Come Dine In Harlem! for a one-night-only multi-room dinner party for the ages, hit The Stroll, where Harlem’s food, art and culture will converge or hear what the tastemakers are discussing at Harlem Talks.
• Harlem Talks includes info on what it's like to be a professional chef, valuable info and insights into how to open and run a restaurant along with a look at the very artistic process of creating food.
• Dinners, dinners and more dinners - but buy your tickets soon because many are already sold out.
• Walk around tastings including a Sunday gospel brunch.
• Culinary demonstrations by master chefs.
When friends and founders of the Harlem EatUp! Festival, executive chef, restaurateur and Harlemite Marcus Samuelsson and veteran event marketer, Herb Karlitz, put their heads together about celebrating Harlem they couldn’t be stopped. Three months later, together with the sage insight and support of Harlem business tastemake.s and residents, they would announce Harlem EatUp! to the world!
As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, the Festival will donate proceeds from ticket sales to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels. Respectively, both organizations continue to provide a positive and direct impact on the community through small business support and feeding Harlem’s homebound elderly.